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*** HCOMP 2020 is going virtual ***
Over the last months, we have been closely monitoring the ongoing situation around Covid-19. Given the measures that have been put into place around the world, and the uncertainty about how the situation will evolve between now and the end of October, the HCOMP organising committee and AAAI have decided that in 2020 HCOMP will be a virtual conference. Our main concerns are with the members of our community and the challenges they might be facing in these unprecedented times. More details here: <>.

*** HCOMP 2020: Third Call for Work-in-Progress and Demonstration Papers ***
Virtually from Hilversum, the Netherlands
October 26-28 2020
Website: <>
Twitter: @hcomp_conf
IMPORTANT DATES - All times are midnight CEST (Amsterdam time)

August 7, 2020: Paper due
August 20, 2020: Notification of acceptance
September 20, 2020: Final camera-ready papers due

The Work-in-Progress and Demonstration track focuses on recent findings or other types of innovative or thought-provoking work, hands-on demonstration, novel interactive technologies and experiences relevant to the HCOMP community.

We encourage practitioners and researchers to submit Works-in-Progress & Demo Track as it provides a unique opportunity for sharing valuable ideas, eliciting useful feedback on early-stage work, and fostering discussions and collaborations among colleagues. To maximise visibility this year accepted Works-in-Progress and Demonstration submissions will also be presented with a 1-2 min PechaKucha presentation dedicated to the Works-in-Progress & Demonstration Track within the HCOMP plenary programme.

Submissions are welcome from any area of computer science, artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction, to economics and the social sciences, all the way to digital humanities, policy, and ethics. This year, we especially encourage work that generate new insights into the “human computation” side of HCOMP, such as new understandings about human cognition, human-in-the-loop intelligence systems, human-AI interaction and collaboration, algorithmic and interface techniques for augmenting human abilities to perform tasks, and other issues that affect how humans collaborate with AI systems (such as bias, fairness, and interpretability).

A Work-in-Progress is a concise report of recent findings or other types of innovative or thought-provoking work relevant to the HCOMP community. The difference between Works-in-Progress and other contribution types is that Work-in-Progress submissions represent work that has not reached a level of completion that would warrant the full Refereed selection process. That said, appropriate submissions should make some contribution to the body of HCOMP knowledge, whether realized or promised. A significant benefit of a Work-in-Progress derives from the discussion between the author and conference attendees that will be fostered by the synchronous virtual presentation of the work. Work-in-Progress submissions are in the form of a ~2 page extended abstract, see Submission section.

A demonstration is a high-visibility, high-impact forum of the HCOMP program that allows you to present your hands-on demonstration, share novel interactive technologies, and stage interactive experiences. Demonstrations will showcase this year’s most exciting human computation and collaborative human-AI prototypes and systems. If you have an interesting prototype, system, exhibit or installation, we want to know about it. Sharing hands-on experiences of your work is often the best way to communicate what you have created. The demonstration submission should describe the nature of the system as well as the expected form of interaction with the user and the audience. We advise preparing a demo video to address connectivity issues during the virtual demo session. Demonstrations submissions are in the form of a ~2 page extended abstract, see Submission section.

All submitted Works-in-Progress and Demos must represent original work, not previously published or under simultaneous peer-review for any other peer-reviewed, archival conference or journal.

Submissions must be done in the form of up to 2 pages Extended Abstract (references can extend beyond the 2 pages) via the HCOMP-20 EasyChair Website <>. Submissions to Easychair is required on or before the deadline listed above. We cannot accept submissions by e-mail or fax. Authors will receive confirmation of receipt of their submissions, including an ID number, shortly after submission. HCOMP will contact authors again only if problems are encountered with papers.

Extended Abstracts must be formatted in AAAI two-column, camera-ready style; please refer to the AAAI 2020 Author Kit <> for details. Papers must be in trouble-free, high-resolution PDF format, formatted for US Letter (8.5″ x 11″) paper, using Type 1 or TrueType fonts. The AAAI copyright block is not required for works-in-progress or demo submissions, as they are not included in the formal proceedings. Please see below for information about publication.

Supplemental Materials
Authors are invited, but not required, to include supplemental materials such as executables and data files so that reviewers can reproduce results in the paper, images, additional videos, related papers, more detailed explanations, derivations, or results. These materials will be viewed only at the discretion of the reviewers, who are only obligated to read your paper itself.

NOT Anonymized
Authors should include information identifying themselves and their institutions for single-blind review.

Submissions to the Works-in-Progress & Demonstration Track will be curated. This means that submissions will only be evaluated by the Works-in-Progress & Demonstration chairs (in coordination with other relevant conference chairs). Authors should expect to receive only very light feedback on their submissions.

Accepted papers will NOT be included in official conference proceedings, and so may be submitted later to other conferences or journals for official publication. Accepted papers will be made available online on the conference website, and a summary of the WiP and Demo session will be provided in the AAAI AI Magazine.

Accepted submissions will be presented at the conference in two main modalities: 1) with a 1-2 min PechaKucha presentation in a plenary session dedicated to the Works-in-Progress & Demonstration Track within the HCOMP plenary programme, and 2) with an dedicated streaming session in which authors can present their work in their preferred presentation format (PPT presentation, open discussion, virtual poster, live demo, video demo etc). For organisation purposes authors are invited to mention their desired presentation format(s) at the time of submission, including (but not limited to) virtual poster, interactive demo, short video, short presentation.

HCOMP 2020 will recognize one best Works-in-Progress and one best Demonstration. Announcement of the winners will be done at the conference in a virtual plenary session together with the other conference award. The Works-in-Progress and Demonstration chairs will assess the Works-in-Progress and Demonstrations submissions to determine the winners (considering both quality of paper submission and presentation at the conference).

Please contact the Works-in-progress and Demonstration Co-Chairs if you have any questions.

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